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Australian Sailing Team’s Nia Jerwood has the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo on her radar as she continues her development while competing on the world stage.

Originally from Perth, Jerwood placed ninth overall as part of the Australian team at the 2019 470 World Championships in Japan, qualifying the nation a place at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Jerwood received the opportunity of a lifetime as one of five of Australia’s brightest young stars to receive mentoring from five of Sport Australia Hall of Fame Members, as part of the 2018 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program.

 “My long-term goal is to continue sailing for Australia and win a medal at the Olympic Games,” Jerwood said.

 “I got tired of waiting around on the shore when my older siblings went out sailing, so my parents decided to buy me my first boat at age five.

 “They have both sailed all their lives and have been very supportive of my journey in the sport.

 “My dad often comes out on the coach boat to give us advice and see what we are up to.”

Jerwood speaks about the opportunity to be mentored by Liane Tooth: “I am really looking forward to the opportunity that I have been given to be mentored by Liane,”

“She is not only a very successful athlete having won two gold medals, but has also dedicated a lot of her time to creating greater opportunities for women in sport.

 “I believe I have plenty to learn from Liane and am really looking forward to being inspired.”

 Since 2011 Jerwood has been coached and mentored by Olympic gold medalist Belinda Stowell and will now has another experienced voice in her corner.

Nia urges other young sailors to follow her lead and prepare to apply for the SAHOF Scholarship mid-year of every year.

Awards, Honours & Achievements

  • 2020 (2021): Tokyo Olympic Games – 470, 16th
  • 2019: Enoshima Japan Sailing World Cup – 2nd
  • 2019: 9th in the World
  • 2019: Selected for Tokyo Test Event
  • 2019: 470 European Championship – 9th
  • 2017: Sail Sydney – Gold
  • 2018: 420 World Championships, Ladies Division – Gold
  • 2017/2018: 420 National Championships – 3rd
  • 2017: Sailing World Cup Series, Gamagori Japan – 10th
  • 2017: Sail Melbourne Regatta – Silver
  • 2017: Sail Sydney – Gold


 Last updated 23/07/2020


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